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Message posted by Bob61 on 20/12/2013 at 2:34pm
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It is certainly an orange cable. I will check later to see if there are any other markings on it (just put it back in the cupboard - lol)

One other thing that is now worrying me...it is a 1.5mm cable and the unit can be used up to 16 amp. I thought 1.5mm cable was only for use up to 10 amp and 16 amp should be 2.5mm. (I knew I shouldn't have looked )

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318-Y Flexible Cable H05VV-F
ISSuE 04.0612
Application
For use in household appliances such as washing machines, spin dryers and refrigerators. Generally unsuitable for outdoor use or industrial applications.

Above is the BS 6500 specification for the cable it is classed as a medium duty cable designed for indoor use it has a limited low temperature flexibility and used unsupported should not be installed at temperatures below +5 degrees.
The 1.5mm cable has a 16A rating the approved cable should be 2.5mm for use on hookups for caravans but as I posted before there is no reg for camping type Hookup cables so the manufacturer can use whatever they think suitable.
There is a good reason that a minimum size of 2.5mm is recommended but the explanation would be greeted by yawning smileys.
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Well, the information so far has been interesting. The only markings I can find on my cable are VDE HO5VV-F 3G1.5mm.

I know my last hook up had a 2.5mm cable and was a lot thicker and a lot less flexible than the one I have now.

I can only hope that Mr Outwell and Mr Halford know what they are doing and have provided a safe EHU unit otherwise if anything goes wrong the fat could hit the fan if thousands of people sue them - lol.

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BASEC advice.
When assessing cable markings look in particular for a recognisable or known manufacturer’s identification, so if there is a problem it will be possible to trace the cable back through the supply chain. Without a manufacturer’s stamp it is nearly impossible to trace the cable, therefore never accept cable with no markings. For peace of mind, you should also insist on an independent third-party approved cable such as BASEC or HAR marked.


VDE is the company chosen by Chinese cable manufacturers . to certify their cables not the manufacturer.

Looks like the aforementioned suppliers chose to ignore that advice from BASEC.
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Thanks for all the info although it's not putting my mind at rest - lol. I just found the following table online so it would appear 1.5mm cable is ok up to 15 amps. I am unlikely to exceed that. However, I have uncovered another potential problem (must stop looking) re the length of cable and it seems a 1.5mm cable shouldn't be longer than 15 metres...mine is 20 metres.

1.0 mm2.....10 amps.....Up to 2400 Watts
1.25 mm2....13 amps.....Up to 3120 Watts
1.5 mm2.....15 amps.....Up to 3600 Watts
2.5 mm2.....20 amps.....Up to 4800 Watts
4.0 mm2.....25 amps.....Up to 6000 Watts

I think I will just take a dose of valium and carry on regardless


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